Adfam and Cruse are delighted to announce the launch of the Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) website which will serve as a vital source of information for anyone who has been bereaved in this way.
For most of us, bereavement will be the most distressing experience we will ever face but we also know that the death of a loved one as a result of drugs and alcohol can present additional factors and issues including:
• Shame and stigma
• Traumatic circumstances
• Suddenness and shock
• Intensity of emotion
That’s why Adfam and Cruse set up the BEAD project with a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to offer practical and emotional support and information for anyone bereaved in this way. Support is provided in a 1:1 and group setting, and is delivered by trained BEAD peer support volunteers who have themselves been bereaved through alcohol or drugs.
The new and engaging BEAD website will be able to broaden the support we already offer by outlining where and how to access appropriate support. There is information on what to expect when you are grieving as well as practical information on the next steps that have to take place as a result of a death.
Throughout the website there are honest and personal accounts from people who have themselves been bereaved through drug and alcohol and we hope reading these accounts will make people in a similar situation feel less isolated and encourage them to contact BEAD for support.
The site was designed and developed in close partnership with one of our fantastic peer support volunteers who understood the needs of people accessing this service.
The site can be accessed at www.beadproject.org.uk